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Jackass 3.5 hitting theaters soon?

Jackass 3D was an enormous success for Paramount, taking in an October-record $50.354M over the weekend and the studio is reportedly considering releasing a 3.5 version of the film, featuring new footage that didn’t make the big-screen cut:

To hear it from “Jackass” ringmaster and star Knoxville, the production filmed so much material that there’s easily enough to create a sequel from what was left on the cutting-room floor.

“We shot two movies’ worth of footage,” Knoxville said. “We have so many bits that we never even turned in to Paramount because we were so swamped with ideas — funny stuff. The bits were just coming out of us left and right.”

Paramount had been planning to use the extra footage for an online follow-up similar to “Jackass 2.5,” which hit the Web three months after “Jackass Number Two” was released in theaters in September 2006.

But after the unexpectedly huge opening of “Jackass 3-D,” which nearly doubled the $29-million launch of its predecessor, the studio is mulling other options, including a second theatrical release. A person familiar with the situation said that Paramount will likely decide about where and when to release the “Jackass 3-D” follow-up in the next few days.

Source: 24 Frames | LA Times